Man Found Not Guilty for Killing a Police Officer, Claiming He Acted in Self Defense

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Greensburg, PA — In an extremely rare move, a jury has returned a verdict of not guilty in the trial of a man who killed a St. Clair Township police officer as he responded to a domestic violence call in November of 2015.

After six days of testimony and more than 20 hours of jury deliberations, Ray Shetler Jr. was found not guilty of murder Friday in the fatal shooting of St. Clair Township Police Officer Lloyd Reed, according to Trib Live.

Shelter was facing the death penalty for killing the officer before he was found not guilty of first and third-degree murder.

As Trib Live reports:

Shetler, 33, of New Florence, jumped up and hugged his defense attorney as the verdict was announced. His family members, seated just one row in front of Reed’s family, let out an audible gasp.

“You were in the courtroom, you saw him hugging me, thanking me for saving his life,” said defense attorney Marc Daffner.

The jury found Shetler guilty of two lesser charges in connection with stealing a truck as he attempted to flee the scene of the shooting in New Florence and swam across the Conemaugh River.

Westmoreland County Common Pleas Court Judge Meagan Bilik-DeFazio ordered Shetler remain in jail until he is able to post $100,000 bail that continues keeps him in custody for the theft and receiving stolen property convictions.

The judge said Shetler could be sentenced up to seven years in prison.

While there have been a few cases of people being found not guilty of killing police officers, this case stands out for several reasons.

Not only did Shelter fire three rounds at police, but afterward he fled the scene, dumped his clothing and the rifle and evaded police for six hours.

Also, in other cases in which police were killed while raiding homes over marijuana or non-existent drugs, Reed was actually responding to a domestic violence call by Shelter’s girlfriend Kristen Luther, who said he was beating her.

According to Trib Live, “Shetler testified on his own behalf as did his girlfriend, Kristen Luther. Both claimed Reed fired first during the shootout. It was Luther’s call to 911, saying Shetler had assaulted her that led Reed, who was patrolling neighboring St. Clair Township, to respond to New Florence. Shetler maintained he didn’t know Reed was a police officer.”

Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck expressed he and the Reed family’s disappointment with the verdict but noted that is the system in place.

“We have a jury system in this country and will certainly abide by their verdict,” Peck said.

As The Free Thought Project first reported in 2014, Marvin Guy is facing the death penalty. Guy shot and killed Detective Charles Dinwiddie and injured several other Killeen police officers, as they were attempting to forcefully enter Guy’s home on May 9, 2014, at 5:30 am.

Police had been surveilling Guy’s home for some time after an informant claimed Guy was trafficking a large quantity of cocaine. At some point in the investigation, the decision was made to enter Guy’s home and attempt to find evidence which would corroborate the informant’s claim.

But after entering the residence, in a show of force which resulted in the loss of life of a veteran police officer, no drugs, not even a single marijuana joint was found—a case far different than Shelter’s.

The consequence for the police incursion resulted in one detective’s death, and yet another Black man being charged with homicide. Guy’s fate is yet to be determined, as he is awaiting trial for Dinwiddie’s murder which, arguably, would not have occurred had the police not attempted to enter his home unannounced.

Even if the police had identified themselves before attempting to enter Guy’s home, there have been enough crimes committed by criminals posing as police, to justify Guy’s decision to defend his life from intruders. With Guy already being a convicted felon, more questions will likely be raised as to whether or not the Castle doctrine can be extended to convicted felons. The weapon Guy used, a 9mm, had been reported stolen.

Likewise, his possession of the weapon was also another potential felony. But the question remains. Do all Americans have a right to defend themselves? Under current Texas law, convicted felons do not have a right to keep and bear arms for the protection of their persons or dwelling. According to many jailhouse interviews conducted by KDH News, Guy told reporters “he was simply defending himself when his bedroom window was broken out that morning.”

Complicating matters further for the prosecution in Guy’s case is the fact that a precedent has already been set in a similar case. As The Free Thought Project reported, charges against Henry Goedrich Magee were dropped following a TX grand jury’s refusal to indict Magee on capital murder charges for the shooting death of Burleson County Sgt. Adam Sowders, after the sergeant led a team of police officers into Magee’s residence using the same “no-knock” search warrant method.

Magee claimed he was protecting his home and his pregnant girlfriend, the exact same claim Guy made upon his arrest.

After the grand jury refused to indict Magee, the case against him was dropped, just a few short months after the shooting occurred, quite a contrast from Guy’s imprisonment. Guy has been sitting in jail for two and a half years awaiting his day in court, held under three million dollars bond.

The discrepancies in the way Magee was treated and how Guy’s case is being handled hasn’t gone unnoticed. A petition to drop all charges against Guy was created on the Change.org website. A portion of the petition reads;

It is always a tragic, unfortunate event when anyone loses their lives, especially in the line of duty. But how can we essentially say that one person was defending themselves and another was committing murder, under such similar circumstances…No drugs were found in Guy’s house. Besides, if beyond a reasonable doubt is needed to convict, how can we be certain that Guy knew that the person(s) entering his home, at 5:30 in the morning, were peace officers, something required for the capital murder charge? Guy deserves to be treated fairly and the same as another man who acted in self-defense or what any other reasonable American would do.

For Guy’s supporters, possibly, there’s new hope that he will soon be set free.

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Assange slams Intercept hit-piece claiming his group ‘sexist, backed Trump’

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WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange has rejected claims by The Intercept that he backed Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. He accused the outlet of furthering one of the authors’ personal obsession.

“The editorial propriety of letting Micah F Lee, of all people, instrumentalize the Intercept to further his obsessive, obscenity laden campaign against WikiLeaks must be questioned,” Assange said on Thursday.

Assange added that Lee was “formally behind cutting off WikiLeaks’ US tax deductible donations,” referring to the Freedom of the Press Foundation cutting off WikiLeaks’ access to funding.

In Wednesday’s story, Lee and Cora Currier of The Intercept claimed to have seen private Twitter messages from WikiLeaks staff from November 2015 onwards.

“We believe it would be much better for GOP to win,” said a message they attributed to Assange. “Dems+Media+liberals would then form a block to reign in their worst qualities.”

“With Hillary in charge, GOP will be pushing for her worst qualities. Dems+media+neoliberals will be mute,” another message said. “She’s a bright, well connected, sadistic sociopath.”

“GOP will generate a lot opposition, including through dumb moves. Hillary will do the same thing, but co-opt the Liberal opposition and the GOP opposition,” a third message said. “Hence Hillary has greater freedom to start wars than the GOP and has the will to do so.”

On Thursday, Assange said Lee had a long-standing vendetta against his whistleblowing organization, and he was instrumental in blocking tax-deductible donations to the site.

Assange, who is still confined to the Ecuadorian embassy in London after his appeals against a UK arrest warrant failed, insisted Wikileaks does not save such messages. He added that the writers of the article did not even contact him to check the veracity of the comments, and that they admitted the group who sent the messages had “low security” and was not set up by Wikileaks.

The Wikileaks Twitter account was not just run by him, Assange noted, but a “rotating team” of staff members. He also said that some of the alleged messages featured in the story were sent after October 2016, when he famously had his internet access cut off by the Ecuadorian government. During that time, WikiLeaks was publishing emails from the private account of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair John Podesta, further damaging her disastrous presidential campaign.

Assange also accused The Intercept’s billionaire owner, eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, of having a long-running campaign to “neuter Wikileaks.”

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BREAKING: FBI Releases Docs Claiming RT Founder Beat Himself to Death in His Hotel Room

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Washington D.C. — In November 2015, the Free Thought Project reported that Mikhail Lesin, the former head of media affairs for the Russian government, and the founder of Russia Today (RT), was found dead in the hotel room that he was staying at in Washington DC.

Originally, authorities announced that Lesin died from a heart attack. However, the results of his autopsy released months later indicated a far more sinister cause of death and the heavily redacted FBI documents that were just released add to that story.

The documents, detailing the FBI investigation into Lesin’s death were just released Saturday morning in spite of the investigation ending in October of 2016.

In spite of the original cause of death noted as a heart attack, a few months later, the District of Colombia’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) and Metropolitan Police Department said that “blunt force injuries of the neck, torso, upper extremities and lower extremities” contributed to Lesin’s death. “The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) has released the cause and manner of death for Mikhail Lesin… Cause of Death: blunt force injuries of the head,” the statement said.

Now, FBI investigators have released the results of their investigation claiming that the blunt force trauma all over his body was self-inflicted.

“Mr. Lesin died as a result of blunt for injuries to his head, with contributing causes being blunt force injuries of the neck, torso, upper extremities, and lower extremities, which were induced by falls, with acute ethanol intoxication,” the report states.

In other words, the FBI is claiming that Lesin got so drunk that he repeatedly and violently fell on things until he killed himself.

To show just how much information the FBI is willing to release on these findings, here is the version of the amended autopsy report they released in the report.

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Essentially, all other information in regards to the findings of Lesin’s death has been scrubbed from the documents as the remaining pages are almost entirely redacted.

Not only did the US remain tight-lipped on the investigation but they also refused to allow Russian authorities to cooperate.

As RT reports, back in 2016, months before the closing of the case, Moscow said it was expecting Washington to explain why Russia had not received any details from the probe into Lesin’s death, despite repeated requests.

“We are awaiting the related clarifications from Washington and the official data on the progress of the investigation,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote in a Facebook post at that time. She added that if the media reports citing the forensic statement are confirmed, Russia will send an official request to the US “for international legal assistance.”

In October 2016, the US authorities announced that Lesin died of natural causes and closed the case. “Based on the evidence, including video footage and witness interviews, Mr. Lesin entered his hotel room on the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, after days of excessive consumption of alcohol and sustained the injuries that resulted in his death while alone in his hotel room,” the US attorney for the District of Columbia said in a statement.

Lesin’s death came at a time where he was surrounded by controversy, especially in the US. RT, the Russian-based news source that Lesin founded has become very controversial in the US—ostensibly for the fake Russiagate scandal—but in reality, for challenging the western narrative of foreign policy and privacy issues. Some US politicians have suggested that RT be banned in the US for “spreading propaganda,” while others have been blatant enough to attack Lesin personally.

According to the NY Times, until late 2014 Lesin ran the media wing of the state’s energy giant, Gazprom, before stepping down or, more likely, being forced out. He ended up in the United States, where he and his family owned properties in Los Angeles said to be worth far more than the salary of the former government minister.

Some US Senators, including Roger Wicker of Mississippi, had called for the Department of Justice to open an investigation into Lesin’s finances prior to his death.

Wicker was concerned that Lesin made too much money, something that was really none of his business.

“That a Russian public servant could have amassed the considerable funds required to acquire and maintain these assets in Europe and the United States raises serious questions,” Wicker said.

The original announcement of the heart attack back in November 2015 makes this case all the more ominous considering the fact that the medical examiner’s office also said Lesin’s body had blunt force trauma to the neck, torso, arms and legs too. How did authorities overlook his wounds?

As RT reports, Lesin was considered one of the most influential figures in the Russian media landscape. A graduate of Moscow State University with a degree in Civil Engineering, he served as Minister of Press and Mass Media from 1999 to 2004. He was also a presidential media adviser from 2004 to 2009. Lesin became chief executive officer at Garprom-Media in 2013 and remained in the position until early 2015.

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French Children’s Magazine Recalled for Claiming Israel ‘Not a Real Country’



 


Youpi, a French magazine for children aged between eight and 10, was pulled from kiosks in France and Belgium Wednesday after complaints about a statement inside claiming Israel was “not a real country.”

“We call these 197 countries states, like France, Germany or Algeria,” a comment in the magazine’s January edition stated. “There are other ones but not everyone agrees they are real countries (for example the State of Israel and North Korea).”

​After being tipped off by readers, the federation of Jewish communities and organizations of France (CRIF) organized a protest against the magazine and called it a “factual lie and a flagrant one at that,” the Jerusalem Post reported.

Francis Kalifat, the head of CRIF, told AFP the comment was a “historical untruth” that the magazine was spreading. After learning of the statement, Kalifat contacted Bayard, the publisher of the magazine, to “demand they rectify it.”

The comments also drew the ire of Israel’s ambassador to France, Aliza Bin Noun, who tweeted that she was “shocked.”

“Shocked by this lie taught to children,” Noun wrote on Twitter. “Such rhetoric can only lead to anti-Zionism, inseparable from the anti-Semitism as has been pointed out by the French President #EmmanuelMacron.”

In response to the outrage, Bayard then released a statement that said the company “clearly never intended to cast into doubt Israel’s existence,” before writing off the incident as an “error.”

“We recognise our mistake, it was not well put and obviously we do not want to contest the existence of the state of Israel,” Pascal Ruffenach, the magazine’s managing director, told AFP. He later added that the recall was launched “voluntarily and in good faith because it is important to contribute to the spirit of calm.”

But the apology was not enough for CRIF, who also wanted the magazine to run a correction and an article explaining how Israel came to be in its next issue.

It’s unclear whether the magazine will address the issue in its next edition, but Ruffenach did indicate that Bayard “will see how we can do better next time.”

Bertrand Fichou, Youpi’s news editor, also offered his own apology, indicating his intention was to never challenge the legitimacy of the Jewish state, New York Post reported.

“I’ll blame myself for it all my life,” he said.

Israel was founded in 1948 and has recently been at the center of debate after US President Donald Trump called for the relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem instead of its current location in Tel Aviv. North Korea was founded in 1948 as well and is also much in the news, most recently for continuing to develop its nuclear and missile capabilities in defiance of international sanctions and despite frequent shows of force by its opponents near the peninsula it shares with South Korea.

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Experts accuse Russia of covering up a nuclear fuel plant leak, claiming it caused the mysterious radioactive cloud across Europe sighted in September

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In September this year, a radioactive cloud was spotted above Europe. Researchers who investigated the incident discovered that the cloud was swept westward towards Europe from the Ural mountains, which serves as a boundary between Russia, Europe, and the rest of Asia. Researchers who looked into the incident hypothesized that the radioactive cloud was the result of a leak from a nuclear power plant in the Ural mountains – the Mayak plant, owned by Russian state company ROSATOM.

The spokesman for ROSATOM stated that an inspection of the power plant found no traces of ruthenium-106 and that there were no accidents within the plant’s facilities at the time of the said incident. However, a Russian state weather service called the Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring of Russia (ROSHYDROMET) said that they found an extreme increase in pollution of ruthenium-106 near the Mayak plant, noted at 1,000 times the acceptable level. Mayak denies being the source of the radioactive cloud, and goes on to state that they have not extracted ruthenium-106 in several years.

Rashid Alimov, head of the energy unit at Greenpeace Russia, accuses ROSATOM of being involved in a cover-up, based on facts reported by ROSHYDROMET and other European investigators. While the pollution detected may not have originated from a nuclear plant accident, it may have been caused by treatment sites that process nuclear fuel. European agencies, including France’s and Germany’s nuclear safety agencies, state that the ruthenium-106 cloud wasn’t hazardous at all, but maintain that food produced within a few kilometers of the exposure may have to be monitored for changes. (Related: Radioactivity still lingering in the Pacific Ocean from nuclear bomb tests more than 50 years ago.)

What is ruthenium-106?

  • Ruthenium-106 is the radioactive form of the rare heavy metal ruthenium, which was discovered by Polish chemist Jedrzej Sniadecki in 1808.
  • It is the byproduct of splitting uranium-235, a process called fission. Uranium is an element used in nuclear reactors.
  • Ruthenium-106 is used in cancer radiation therapies for eye and skin tumors. Ruthenium can also be used as a catalyst in industrial processes and alloys.
  • Ruthenium, like most heavy metals, can stain the skin and is highly toxic and carcinogenic (it causes cancer).

What can I do to avoid being exposed?

Radiation is primarily a serious threat to a person’s health because it cannot be felt or sensed. Unlike the heat of the sun, which a person feels, radiation exposure is invisible to the naked eye until signs of poisoning have manifested. This could range anywhere from slight nausea, diarrhea, to hair loss and vomiting, depending on the exposure. This is where radiation detectors become useful – having one may help you identify places exposed to toxic radiation, primarily if you work around radioactive materials. If you live a few miles near a toxic chemical or nuclear plant, it is always good to have a respirator (or a full-face gas mask) in hand. However, living away from a nuclear plant is better. Most of the time, government authorities warn the people when accidents happen at nuclear power plants or fuel treatment sites, and it would be best to stay indoors until they give an “all clear” announcement. Furthermore, you should avoid buying food that is produced near nuclear areas – the food may contain unwanted heavy metals and radioactive components that are lethal.

Learn more about the science of radiation at RadiationScience.com.

Sources include:

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Cops Steal Innocent Musician’s Entire Life Savings, Claiming He Gave It To Them

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Civil asset forfeiture schemes by police departments, highway patrols, and government agencies, continue to separate people from their money. Phil Parhamovich, a traveling musician, found out the hard way when he had his entire life savings stolen from him by the Wyoming Highway Patrol, all $91,800 of it.

Parhamovich had recently signed a contract to purchase a music recording studio in Wisconsin, and was going to use the money to make a down payment on the transaction. And while making a down payment in cash may seem suspicious for some critics, cash is legal tender and allowed to be used for any transaction.

While the traveling musician and artist was going through Wyoming on his way to Wisconsin, he was pulled over in a routine traffic stop by WY Highway Patrol. According to the Institute for Justice (IJ), the law firm now representing Parhamovich, the officers of the law convinced the artist he was committing a crime by traveling with cash. Under pressure, they convinced him to sign a waiver giving Wyoming Highway Patrol his money and waiving his right to contest the seizure.

According to IJ:

The officers pressured Phil into signing a pre-printed waiver that stated he was “giving” the money to the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and waiving his right to any court proceedings. After the officers got Phil to sign the waiver, they wrote him a $25 ticket for not wearing a seatbelt and sent him on his way. Other than the traffic citation, Phil was never charged with any crime, let alone convicted of one.

Attempting to fight the theft of his money on his own, Parhamovich wrote the Wyoming Attorney General’s office and was asked by the AG to prove the money was his, he’d earned it legally, and had a right to getting his money back. After complying with the request, WY still kept his money. IJ writes:

Instead of returning Phil’s money, Wyoming filed a petition effectively claiming that the property was abandoned and asking a judge to forfeit the cash in its favor. What is worse, the Wyoming DCI did not tell Phil about the proceeding, despite knowing exactly how to reach him and knowing that Phil claimed the money and had asked for notice of any court proceedings.

One would be hard-pressed to find anyone who would not agree the above scenario is quite literally “highway robbery” by bandits dressed like cops. Parhamovich now has to spend more of his life’s earnings to get his life’s savings returned to him. The Institute for Justice is representing the now starving artist in an attempt to recover his funds. IJ produced the following video to raise awareness.

While the practice of civil asset forfeiture (CAF) may seem uncommon, it is not at all a rare occurrence. It happens and citizens rarely bat an eye, often blaming themselves for breaking some arbitrary law. Take for instance the State of Arizona’s 30-day impound law.

If an officer of the law, who is not a jury nor a judge, determines that a citizen has broken a law (driving under the influence for example), he can order the vehicle to be towed to a tow lot where it must stay for 30 days. While there are a few exceptions to the vehicle being impounded, often times a car will stay the full length of time. If the mandatory daily rate is not paid, along with the hundreds of dollars in fees to the police department, the police will then seize the automobile and require it to be sold at a public auction. The police then get to keep the proceeds.

If, by chance, the citizen is proven innocent in a court of law, they still have to pay the impound fees, and fees to the police department. The whole practice smacks in the face of the long-held legal position that a suspect is “innocent until proven guilty.”

An apparent conflict of interest exists when any police department has a monetary motivation to seize property from citizens. Nevertheless, the practice continues, with the corruption of our nation’s law enforcement agencies taking place all around us.

Sometimes, the schemes rake in millions of dollars, as TFTP has reported. Other times it’s billions of dollars stolen from citizens all in the name of law enforcement. As TFTP has reported, the biggest civil asset forfeiture thieves may by the DEA, who have netted an estimated 3.2 billion dollars over the last decade. That money was not connected to any crimes and represents the majority portion of the 4 billion in total funds the state has seized by civil asset forfeiture schemes in just 10 years.

Sadly, the current administration is hell-bent on increasing this theft as Attorney General Jeff Sessions has admitted publicly that he loves the idea of cops stealing money from innocent people—due process be damned.

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Actor Kevin Spacey claiming he’s gay after being outed for hitting on 14-year-old boy follows sex scandal playbook

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Actor Kevin Spacey is claiming he’s gay after being accused of sexual misconduct, but he’s being castigated even in Hollywood for playing what many see as the ‘homosexual card’ — which is nothing new in the world of politics, the Washington Times reported.

In fact, the paper noted, the playbook dates back to 1983, when Rep. Gerry Studds, D-Mass., said he had an affair with a 17-year-old congressional page — an admission that, in ordinary circumstances, would have been a career-ender for just about any politician.

Except for Studds, that is.

He told everyone that he was gay, which made him the first congressman to do so, then argued that he was being targeted for scrutiny because he was homosexual. And apparently, his Left-wing voters agreed because he was reelected six more times. Also, someone decided to name a marine sanctuary after him in 1996.

The die had been cast.

Other politicians who “came out” only after they were embroiled in scandal include New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey, also a Democrat, who told reporters during a 2004 press conference, “I am a gay American” after a former lover accused him of sexual harassment.

Two years later, it was a Republican’s turn to play the ‘gay card.’ Rep. Mark Foley of Florida said he was gay after he was caught sexting explicit messages to teen pages.

Wanda Sykes, a comedian, has come up with a term for it after Spacey’s ‘admission.’ She accused him of attempting to hide “under the rainbow” by ‘coming out’ in order to misdirect attention away from his sexual assault accusation that was made by actor Anthony Rapp.

“No no no no! You do not get to ‘choose’ to hide under the rainbow!” Sykes said Sunday in a tweet.

Rapp, 46, has accused Spacey of picking him up and lying on top of him at his apartment in Manhattan when he allegedly attempted to seduce him following a party in 1986. At the time Rapp was 14 years old; Spacey was around 26.

On Monday Spacey, 58, a two-time Oscar winner, said in a statement he had no recollection of the incident but nevertheless owed him “the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior.”

Continuing, he said, “I choose now to live as a gay man.” (Related: Hollywood has become nothing more than a hate-filled, abortion-promoting, deviant cabal of filth and lunacy.)

That ‘admission’ set off a storm of criticism from gay celebrities and others like Zachary Quinto, who said Spacey’s claim was a “calculated manipulation to deflect attention from the very serious accusation that he attempted to molest [a child].”

“Coming-out stories should not be used to deflect from allegations of sexual assault,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of the gay media group GLAAD, the Times reported. “This is not a coming-out story about Kevin Spacey, but a story of survivorship by Anthony Rapp and all those who bravely speak out against unwanted sexual advances. The media and public should not gloss over that.”

Added actor and comedian Billy Eichner: “Kevin Spacey has just invented something that never existed before: a bad time to come out.”

That wasn’t the only criticism from the entertainment and media world.

Hitting Spacey for conflating homosexuality and pedophilia in a blanket statement, Owen Jones, a columnist for the UK Guardian newspaper, called that a “vicious lie” about gay men.

“Usually when celebrities come out we’re quick to send on our congratulations and to talk about the importance of role models. But for Kevin Spacey to choose this particular moment to come out is harmful to the LGBT community,” the British gay rights group Stonewall said.

“His sexual orientation bears no relevance to the serious allegations he is facing, and to conflate these things is extremely damaging,” said Stonewall.

J.D. Heyes is the editor-in-chief of The National Sentinel and a senior writer for NewsTarget.com.

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Two NYPD Cops Charged with First-Degree Rape Despite Claiming Handcuffed Teen Consented to Sex


It took more than a month, but the two New York City police detectives who acknowledged they had sex with a handcuffed teenager inside a police van after detaining her for drugs have been charged with first-degree rape.

A grand jury indicted officers Eddie Martins and Richard Hall on Thursday, despite their claims the sex was consensual, according to the New York Post.

They are expected to turn themselves in next week, which goes to show that Blue Privilege continues to exist even after they have been formally charged.

After all, would your average street rapist be allowed to have a free weekend after being charged with first-degree rape?

The cops, whose photos still have not been released, face up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

The victim, who goes by Anna Chambers on social media, was arrested on September 15 for possession of marijuana and prescription pills.

The two cops also found prescription drugs on one of the two male friends she was with, but they had no interest in him, ordering the two friends to leave the area as they took her into custody.

She said she was handcuffed and placed in a van where she was ordered to perform oral sex on both cops. She also said one of the cops raped her.

They then ordered her out of the van and drove off, where one of her male friends found her 45 minutes after they detained her.

He drove her to her mother’s home where they then drove her to the hospital where doctors discovered evidence that she had been sexually assaulted.

The teen, who turned 19 this week, has been very outspoken about the incident on her social media pages. But the cops have been attacking her credibility by saying she has posted provocative photos of herself on her social media pages.

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WATCH: Cowardly Cop Cuffs Innocent Woman Claiming She ‘Used Her ID as a ‘WEAPON’

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Oklahoma City, OK – Body camera footage of an arrest in Oklahoma is raising questions after a police officer is seen conducting an illegal search and justifying the arrest by accusing a woman of using her driver’s license as “a weapon.”

The video began when Oklahoma City Police Officer James Herlihy pulled his patrol car over to the side of the street in a residential neighborhood. He got out, and approached a woman on a bicycle, demanding to know where she lived, and then insisting to see her I.D.

Kelsey Pierce said she was riding her bike to work when she was confronted by Herlihy, and when she was told to produce identification, she asked, “What for?”

“Let me see the I.D., or you’re going to go in handcuffs and go in the back of the car until I can figure out what’s going on,” Herlihy said. “Someone called about a female with a black shirt and a backpack.”

Pierce began pulling items out of her backpack to get to her I.D. This included a Halloween costume, which she told the officer she was bringing with her to wear at work. She then pulled out her wallet and opened it. “There’s my I.D.” she said.

Herlihy demanded Pierce take her driver’s license out of her wallet, and as the video shows, she handed it to him. Despite the fact that Pierce was clearly following Herlihy’s orders, he told her to put her hands behind her back, and he proceeded to lock her wrists in handcuffs.

“Gotta make things difficult, I see,” the officer remarked to the woman as she clearly complied with all of his orders and made no attempt to resist arrest.

However, while the video evidence documents one thing, the OKCPD call log published by the Oklahoma City Free Press reveals that Herlihy claimed Pierce “was very hostile and kept throwing items around,” and that she attempted to throwher driver’s license at him.

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Although Pierce does not appear to purposefully throw items out of her backpack or attempting to throw her I.D. at the office, she does appear agitated, which could be explained by the fact that she was given very little information about why she was being stopped by a police officer and questioned when she was just trying to get to work.

After pushing Pierce towards the patrol car, and telling her to wait in the backseat, Herlihy proceeded to search through the items in her backpack, before scanning her driver’s license.

Pierce told KFOR News that she was terrified by the ordeal, and she had no idea why it was happening. The officer searched my backpack and searched my bags on my bicycle and then told me that I matched the description of a complaint about a suspicious person,” she said.

Herlihy’s search through Pierce’s belongings, which is documented by the Body Cam footage, occurred without a search warrant and without her permission. Her attorney, Bryce Harp, told KFOR that the officer’s actions were illegal.

“He never told Kelsey why she was being detained until she was in the back of his police car while he was searching her belongings,” Harp said.

While Pierce was forced to sit handcuffed in the backseat of the police car, she tried to explain to Herlihy that she was initially slow when responding to him because he startled her.

“Obviously you weren’t, that’s why you are in handcuffs in the back seat of the car, because you were throwing stuff at me,” Herlihy replied. “You handed the ID card to me like you wanted to use it as a weapon and throw it at me.”

After Herlihy searched for warrants matching Pierce’s name, he let her out of the car, unlocked her handcuffs and told her that she was free to go, while interjecting smug comments about how she could have avoided the arrest by cooperating—even though that is exactly what she appeared to be doing.

Pierce has filed a complaint with the police department regarding Officer Herlihy’s aggressive behavior. While it remains to be seen whether he will be held accountable for his actions, the fact that a police force continues to employ an officer who sees a plastic driver’s license as a weapon when he thinks it might be thrown at him—even when the suspect is an innocent citizen who wants nothing more than to make it to work on time without being detained for imaginary offenses.

Watch the officer’s Body Camera footage of the incident below:

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